Oilfield Injury Attorney
Injuries in the oilfield can happen at any time. This is due to the complexity of the job, large machinery, and the pressures in the field.
The United States is one of the largest oil producers in the world. In fact, much of that oil is produced here in Texas. In Texas alone, the Texas Railroad Commission (TRC) is in charge of issuing permits and citing violations. Every year the TRC finds tens of thousands of violations. Most of these are minor, but some are severe. When companies don’t employ basic safety standards, fully train workers, or provide a safe work environment, things can go wrong.
If you or a loved one has been injured on the job in an oilfield accident, you need representation with experience. At Kirkpatrick Law, we have fought and won settlements for victims of oilfield accidents. Call Us today for your free consultation.
What are some types of oilfield accidents?
Oilfields can be complicated work sites. There are many types of problems that can occur from defective equipment to negligence and human error. Below are just a few ways oilfield workers may be injured on site:
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Equipment failure
- Explosions and chemical fires
- Exposure to sulfur hydroxide fumes
- Exposure to toxic chemicals used in fracking
- Fallen objects
- Motor vehicle accidents, either in the fields or transporting materials
- Oilfield, pipeline, and refinery fires
- Well blowouts
The cause of these accidents can be fatigue. Often those in the oilfield work long shifts and do not get proper rest. Additionally, defective equipment or unfollowed safety procedures could be at play. The oilfield can be a dangerous place. If you want full compensation for your injuries, then you should hire an attorney with experience in oilfield injury cases.
Could I have a legal claim beyond workers’ compensation?
Yes, you may. Typically, those working in oil and gas that are injured on the job are entitled to workers’ compensation. However, workers’ comp covers injuries that were caused by someone in your own company. In an oilfield, there can be many companies involved at an oilfield site.
For instance, you may have a personal claim, as well as a workers compensation claim if another crew collapsed a trench.
Another example is that you could have a personal injury claim if you were backed over by a trucker who was delivering materials to the site.
This is why oil field injury compensation is not cut and dry. There are nuances to it. You should work with a personal injury lawyer who has experience in oilfield accidents. They can help you better understand your options.
How Long Do I Have to File A Claim?
The statute of limitations in Texas for personal injury claims is two years. Logistically, you should contact a qualified personal injury attorney as soon as possible after your accident.
It keeps everything fresh in your mind and gives those who might have reason to lie or bury evidence less time to get their stories straight.
How is Legal Responsibility Determined in an Oilfield Accident Cases?
There are a number of complexities when determining legal responsibility in an oilfield accident.
The first consideration is rather your employer or co-worker is at fault for your injury. This helps you determine if you are covered by workers’ compensation. If you are not covered by workers comp, are you subject to a company plan that requires arbitration?
In some instances, neither you nor your employer is responsible for your injuries. It could be the result of defective machinery or some other third party. In this case, you can file a third-party claim against the negligent party.
Contact A Texas Oil Field Injury Attorney Now
Kirkpatrick Law has successfully litigated most types of oilfield injury lawsuits. We have helped our clients achieve financial security. If you’ve been injured, you should contact an experienced Texas oilfield attorney today. Our consultations are free. Give us a call Today.